Develop a Search Strategy: Select your resources and develop your keywords
Tip: You can can combine your keywords in your searches using Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. These operators must be written in ALL CAPS.
Tip: Use search results from your background research for more keyword ideas. Looking at a title's subject headings can also help produce related terms.
Before you search, consider the type of sources you're looking for. This will likely impact where and how you search.
There are three types of sources:
1) Primary Sources
2) Secondary Sources
3) Tertiary Sources
Example . . .
|The Historian researching World War I might utilize:
|Newspaper articles, weekly/monthly news magazines, diaries, correspondence, and diplomatic records from 1914 to 1919.
|Articles in scholarly journals analyzing the war, possibly footnoting primary documents; books analyzing the war.
|The Literary Critic researching literature written during World War I might utilize:
|Novels, poems, plays, diaries, and correspondence of the time period.
|Published articles in scholarly journals providing analysis and criticism of the literature; books analyzing the literature; formal biographies of writers from the era.
|The Psychologist researching trench warfare and post-traumatic stress disorder in World War I veterans might utilize:
|Original research reports on the topic or research notes taken by a clinical psychologist working with World War I veterans.
|Articles in scholarly publications synthesizing results of original research; books analyzing results of original research.
|The Scientist researching long-term medical effects of chemical warfare on exposed veterans might utilize:
|Published articles in scholarly journals reporting on a medical research study and its methodology.
|Published articles in scholarly journals analyzing results of an original research study; books doing the same.